Nikki Sixx Drug Story Branded 'Fraud'

LA Guns frontman Phil Lewis has blasted Nikki Sixx's bestseller "The Heroin Diaries" as a "fraud".

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LA Guns frontman Phil Lewis has blasted Nikki Sixx's bestseller "The Heroin Diaries" as a "fraud" two years after former Motley Crue singer John Corabi made a similar suggestion about his ex-bandmate's book. Lewis' outburst came in a forum tirade in which he slammed Crue's touring partners Def Leppard, accusing them of not working hard enough on stage. On the MetalSludge.tv boards the singer said: "I don't like arena rock. Motley Crue, with exploding drum kits and midgets, bore me to death. Poison is an embarrassment. Def Leppard going through the motions and mailing it in every night is pathetic." After Sixx responded by calling Lewis a "sad li'l pumpkin" on Twitter, the Gunsman turned his anger on the bassist's 2007 book. Subtitled "A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star", it documents the bassist's experiences in the band, in his love life and with his drug issues, leading up to his heroin overdose in 1987. Lewis stated: "I say Nikki Sixx and his 'Heroin Diaries' are a total fraud. "Anyone that was ever addicted to smack or any opiates know not to glorify addiction. It's incredibly irresponsible. It's total crap as well Nikki may have dabbled a little, but him and most of the dinosaur rock stars of that era were doing blow or cocaine. "There was very little heroin in LA in the 80s compared to London. Sixx was a teenage millionaire with a very thin grasp on reality." He adds that he should know, because he did a large amount of drugs in both England and the States, saying: "I don't glorify it or complain I was sucked in because of an unhappy childhood." In 2010 Corabi, who fronted Crue between 1992 and 1997, said: "I love Nikki to death. This is just my opinion: I find it really hard to believe that somebody can do heroin then have the foresight to write everything down." Thanks for the report ClassicRockMagazine.com.

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    john_kimble
    "I love Nikki to death. This is just my opinion: I find it really hard to believe that somebody can do heroin then have the foresight to write everything down." I like Nikki Sixx, but this statement is the truth.
    jrodgers
    "Anyone addicted to opiates knows not to glorify addiction, it's incredibly irresponsible". It's about time someone said this!! So many musicians get into the s*** because they hear about how their heroes did, from amy winehouse, to kurt cobain, back to charlie parker
    bradd101
    Am I the only person that read Heroin Diaries as a warning against drugs? Also "mailing it in every night" Def Leppard are one of the few 80's bands left that I keep seeing getting good live reviews
    lmo2th
    To be fair, the book doesn't at all glorify his heroin use. It documents it, but at no point does it say that it was a good thing.
    DaniArrow
    guess what, KISS aren't demons and spacemen either. there's image to every band.
    Dawn Banta
    Get over your pathetic Jealousy! You really are having a bitter party for one! Sad!
    mike1990
    I think Phil is pissed off cause he never got as successful as the bands he is bashing on.
    jrodgers
    Some of you just do not understand drug users. If reading "The Heroin Diaries" doesn't spark your curiosity to try drugs, or just because Jimi Hendrix doesn't inspire you to try drugs, then congrats on being a mentally healthy person. Unfortunately though, there many people who are NOT mentally healthy, and/or are impressionably young, and reading books describing their favorite rock stars' drug usage can raise unhealthy curiosities that would not otherwise exist. Since these books are written for entertainment, this can and does happen, no matter how amicable the material is directed. I have worked as a music therapist in substance abuse clinics, and this is why I understand the responsibility Phil speaks of about how recovered users influence others. He obviously found reason within "The Heroin Diaries" to call Nikki out, so there may in fact be something there even if Nikki didn't intend it.
    kLeft
    Apparently heroin was too hard to find which is evidence everything is fabricated. shit if you're the Crue in the 80's asking for a suitcase full of shrunken heads strapped with party hats... there's someone around to help with that.
    NikkiSixxsGirl
    Well phil, regardless of nikkis book, it's contents, truths or falsified information you have accomplished one thing I'm sure.....ever been a publicist? You probably just sold him another million copies. Thank you for bringing attention to a great musician and his published writing. Your music is appreciated, but your bashing a fellow musician is a low blow.
    jhart08
    he obviously didn't read the book. Nikki at the end talks about how he hopes it will convince at least once person to give it up and stay away.
    Metalxorxdie
    jrodgers wrote: "Anyone addicted to opiates knows not to glorify addiction, it's incredibly irresponsible". It's about time someone said this!! So many musicians get into the s*** because they hear about how their heroes did, from amy winehouse, to kurt cobain, back to charlie parker
    NO ONE needs to do drugs, it's for losers who cant take control of their own life and they want to fit in or be "cool"...I'm not saying those with real mental and health issues are losers, the only losers str those who willingly choose to do it, not because they have to...they are looking for a "cheap" and temporary way out...it's never the answer to life's problems, because eventually you'll have to wake up and deal with it head on... life has roadblocks and troublesome times, but taking the wrong path down the road of hard drugs is not going to make it any less bumpy, in the end you'll just be at a dead end. If someone feels they really cant handle life (depression, etc.) then they should seek help and deal with it the right way with medication, it's nothing to be embarrassed about and it will actually help you
    opusthecat
    You can't rank everyone else by your own strengths/weaknesses. It's the same ridiculous argument that right-wingers make, that anyone can work hard enough and be successful---that's just as absurd. There's quite a population of people that simply do not have the mental fortitude or drive that many of us do. Their brains just aren't wired that way and many drug users are this way. Some can beat the urges, many just flat out don't have that ability whether it's drug use or working in Wal-Mart the rest of their life pushing carts in the parking lot.
    Nero Galon
    jrodgers wrote: "Anyone addicted to opiates knows not to glorify addiction, it's incredibly irresponsible". It's about time someone said this!! So many musicians get into the s*** because they hear about how their heroes did, from amy winehouse, to kurt cobain, back to charlie parker
    Hmm, so because I am a big Nirvana fan and I play guitar (so I could sort of pass as a musician) I would want to do heroin or some other drugs because Kurt Cobain infamously was a user? No I don't think so.... I understand what you're trying to say and yes it is nice for someone to state the obvious for once.
    cotlodjimmy
    When was Kurt NoBrain a musician? Last time I checked he just bashed on instruments and ruined real music. Maybe some of his time could have been better spent on guitar lessons and practicing then Heroin. Maybe he would have been able to play and have talent. Then he wouldn't have been so miserable and could have held his own with the real musicians of the day. And before anyone want to say it here is my reply--- hes only what he is because of grunge marketing,media hype, and his suicide.
    vikkyvik
    jrodgers wrote: Some of you just do not understand drug users. If reading "The Heroin Diaries" doesn't spark your curiosity to try drugs, or just because Jimi Hendrix doesn't inspire you to try drugs, then congrats on being a mentally healthy person. Unfortunately though, there many people who are NOT mentally healthy, and/or are impressionably young, and reading books describing their favorite rock stars' drug usage can raise unhealthy curiosities that would not otherwise exist. Since these books are written for entertainment, this can and does happen, no matter how amicable the material is directed. I have worked as a music therapist in substance abuse clinics, and this is why I understand the responsibility Phil speaks of about how recovered users influence others. He obviously found reason within "The Heroin Diaries" to call Nikki out, so there may in fact be something there even if Nikki didn't intend it.
    And reading a book about a murder might inspire a kid to murder someone. Hell, plenty of rock stars have been accused of promoting suicide... Do we really want to go down that road with art? I haven't read Nikki Sixx's book, but it's his damn book. James Hetfield said it best in a Guitar World interview: "The minute you start being "responsible" with your lyrics, you start f*cking with your integrity."
    PUNKfromNORWAY
    If you read the Heroin Diaries you will see that Nikki does more coke than heroin, and if you watch the movie the basketball diaries, it is very similar. P.S I'm not saying that the book is BS, but the stories may have been streched out a bit..
    Sunsational
    Nikki stated several times back in the 90's that he had kept, and is still keeping a journal. Why is that impossible to believe? I've kept a journal for 23 years for the same reason:to see where I've been and to encourage where I'm going.
    opusthecat
    I've always wanted to do that but am too scared what I would write down, so that leads me to believe I would white-wash it and that would kinda defeat the purpose.
    Litl_earthquake
    Phil Lewis, I have to ask, did you grow up in LA during the 80's rock scene? Niether you and Nikki could have been teenagers then, millionaires in the early twenties - yes. Phil my friend, no disrespect but you're way off track with your article. I grew up in Los Angeles during the 80's where everything was available in excess, Rockstar or Not.....including heroin and opium. The only thing that really dried up in LA for about 6 months was marijuana. "The Heroin Diaries" by Nikki Sixx, I didn't see your correlation of so called glorifying drug abuse and addiction. The lyrics do not leave a romantic fantasy about hitting rock bottom. My suggestion Phil, go back in the studio and stick to music. This article seems like a personal attack, and a bit arrogant.
    opusthecat
    I also grew up in L.A. area and spent every waking moment on the weekends in Hollywood in the 80s. Many passed out in an alley hours I spent...I didn't see that kind of level of heroin. Coke yes, every rich douche, promoter and record producer had that everywhere but heroin was pretty much reserved for those who could find a rare source and then keep it completely private. At least that was my experience.
    Absurder22
    Someone's jealous. Unless he's calling Slash a liar too, Nikki Sixx did totally do a ****ton of heroin,
    thelyon2012
    I am a Addict/ Alcoholic in recovery - 3 years clean and sober now. There are things in Nikki's book that only an addict would know. And if you haven't been there yourself then some of the book might be hard to believe. I found great peace in reading Nikki's book and it has helped me work a more honest program.
    LynchMobster
    In 2010 Corabi, who fronted Crue between 1992 and 1997, said: "I love Nikki to death. This is just my opinion: I find it really hard to believe that somebody can do heroin then have the foresight to write everything down." erowid?
    Texas13
    I just seriously made an account on here to tell you this: Fuck you! Fuck this website Fuck your opinion And get a life and stop "branding" peoples buisness as a fraud. So what if it is or not. That's none of your buisness. He put a book out about his struggle with herion in hopes that people would read his story and learn from his mistakes not for someone to go and say no that's wrong it never happened. So you don't know his life I don't care how many people from montley crue you contact for a second opinion you don't know him you don't know his life so stay the **** out of it
    opusthecat
    I'm sure Phil is reading and noting your obscure comment on a guitar board and re-evaluating his life-choices.
    Billie88615
    Not sure how I came across this article but seriously: "...addicted to smack or opiates knows not to glorify addiction. It's incredibly irresponsible." Really? "Herion Diaries" glorifies addiction? So is addiction and drug use also being glorified by Anthony Kiedis (Scar Tissue), Slash (Slash, the autobiography), Steven Adler (My appetite for distraction), Jim Carroll (The Basketball Diaries), Nic Shieff (Tweak), and countless others? Or are they frauds also? Seriously the opinion of someone who profited from singing on a Def Leppord Tribute album, and then decides they're 'mailing it on stage', has lost any credibility to have a valid opinion... "Sad li'l pumpkin" "I love Nikki to death. This is just my opinion: I find it really hard to believe that somebody can do herion then have the foresight to write everything down." John Corabi (clearly still pissed that he came 2nd best to Vince Niel, he always will), before attempting to even have an opinion he should have read the freakin' book, maybe the his opinion would be, valid, valued and hold some merit. Dumb a**!!! But after all, this is just MY opinion. KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK SIXX !!!!!
    ElHefe0
    Jim carroll was an individual who grew up in the gutter with a lot of ****ed up stories, half of which involve more death than drugs, along with gay prostitution, and jail sentences and all of which were written before he turned 18. It does not include quirky definitions of serious ailments like psychosis the way frank(i refuse to call a grown adult nikki sixx) placed at the beginning of his literary diarrhea . Anyone who thinks someone who has suffered serious psychosis in the form of sitting naked by a christmas tree gripping a shotgun as he put it would define it as "When everybody turns into tiny dolls and they have needles in their mouths and they hate you and you don't care because you have THE KNIFE! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!” in a book that is supposed to be documenting their very serious troubles with mental illness and drug abuse. If that line alone doesn't tell you everything you need to know about this clown and his shitty book I don't know what could possibly spell it out any better....aside from maybe his tounge in cheek definition of addiction. As far as the people saying he doesn't romanticize addiction apparently you missed the oh so insightful quote "anything worth doing is worth overdoing". The guy is a little pretentious hollywood **** who never had to drug budget, hustle, go without eating, or any of the other unpleasant things real junkies find themselves resorting to all the time, this book was written so people would say "whoa what a wild mother****er." his don't go where i've been crap is just him playing the recovering junkie role, people do it all the time and its always abhorrent. As someone who struggles with opiate addiction there is nothing in this book that rings true to me. If you want to read a book about musicians that were truly using smack heavily read my life by keith richards, i promise you will see the difference. Fuck motley crue.